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Professor Quintin Johnstone ’51 JSD Honored by the Connecticut Bar Association

The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) recently announced that Professor Quintin Johnstone ’51 JSD, Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School, will be awarded its Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award.

Johnstone is an expert in property, land transactions, and professional responsibility and the legal profession. His books include Lawyers and Their Work (with Hopson). Professor Johnstone has an A.B. and a J.D. from the University of Chicago, an LL.M from Cornell, and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School.

Johnstone's law teaching career began in 1947 at Willamette University Law School as an assistant professor and became an associate professor at University of Kansas in 1950. His tenure at Yale Law School began in 1955 as a visiting professor. Between 1956 and 1959, he served as an associate professor, and in 1959 he was elevated to professor. In 1964, he became the Justus S. Hotchkiss professor of law and earned emeritus status in 1985. He is credited for helping to pioneer the development of the land use finance seminars in the Yale curriculum.

Additionally, Johnstone acted as dean and professor of law from 1967 to 1969 at Haile Selassie I University Law School (now Addis Ababa University School of Law), the oldest and most influential law school in Ethiopia. From 1985 to 2000, he also was a professor at New York Law School and became professor emeritus in 2000. As a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, he holds membership on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics.

The award will be presented to Johnstone at the CBA's new annual awards celebration in April.

The recipient of the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award must be a member of the CBA who has contributed greatly to the legal education of his or her colleagues as a member of the faculty, a clinical instructor, or an adjunct instructor at University of Connecticut the School of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Yale Law School, or Western New England University School of Law; have a minimum of ten years of teaching experience at one or more of the four schools listed; or at least ten years as an attorney admitted to the Connecticut Bar who has demonstrated a sustained commitment and made significant contributions to the cause of legal education over a period of years and not be a single or isolated activity; and distinguished himself or herself as a legal educator of the highest quality as a teacher, scholarly writer, or both.